Outwear (i.e. jackets and coats) isn’t just for keeping you warm in cold temperatures, or keeping you dry when it’s raining, or acting as a windbreaker when there is a strong breeze. Outwear is actually a very important aspect of dressing: it’s the top layer on top of all your other clothes and is the first piece of clothing people will see, meaning it’s got to make a good first impression.
There are many different styles of jackets and coats to choose from men’s leather jackets, denim jackets, bomber jackets, etc. and having so much choice can make it difficult to shop.
For guidance on what jackets and coats are the most stylish and which styles every man should have in his wardrobe, keep reading.
1. Denim Jacket
Denim is timeless. Denim jeans date back to 1950s America, and their jacket counterparts have remained stylish and popular right through to the present day. This makes owning a denim jacket a fashion essential.
Black and blue are the most versatile denim shades and can be dressed up or down to suit both relaxed and formal occasions. For a winning look, pair your denim jacket with denim jeans (as long as the double-denim doesn’t clash) with a simple crew-neck plain t-shirt.
2. Trench Coat
The trench coat is grounded in military history but has earnt its place as a modern wardrobe staple for both men and women, due to its versatility, coolness, and style.
Classic trench coats are beige-hued and can look formal when paired with a smart shirt and shoes, but they are available in an array of colors. To get the most from your trench coat, sport it on a cool autumn day with a cashmere jumper underneath and a and a woolly scarf wrapped around your neck.
3. Parka Jacket
When the temperature drops and the days start to shorten, it’s time to get your parka out of your wardrobe. Parka jackets are the perfect winter outwear piece for relaxed occasions. They are warm as they are usually down-filled and have a lined hood, and they look best when worn with trainers or boots. A classic parka jacket is a dark green shade.
4. Leather/Biker Jacket
Leather jackets (aka biker jackets) are the ultimate “cool” jacket style that all men should own. They are transeasonal and also versatile, and give an edge to any ensemble. Ensure your biker jacket is closely fitted and is adorned with silver detailing like zips and studs.
5. Bomber Jacket
The classic bomber jacket is indicative of US military pilots who would pair their jackets with aviator-style sunglasses. Bomber jackets are the perfect smart-casual jacket style, adored by different types of men with different styles.
Wear your bomber jacket with smart tailored trousers for a sharp look, or dress it down by wearing it with jeans. Wear your bomber jacket in the warmer months, undone over a plain t-shirt, or wear it in the colder months with a woolly scarf – its versatility is what makes it so appealing.
An overcoat is a perfect piece of outwear for more formal occasions. It looks best when layered on-top of formal clothing, such as workwear or a suit, and keeps you warm.
When buying an overcoat stick to plain colors like black, navy and grey, and make sure it is well-tailored with clean, sharp lines.
7. Waterproof Jacket
For practicality reasons as much as style, all men need a waterproof jacket in their arsenal. While coat styles like parka jackets will keep you warm in the cold, they won’t keep you dry, and while a leather biker jacket may be waterproof, it won’t give you optimal coverage.
In order to stay dry through the wetter months, purchase an anorak or a puffer jacket that comes with a hood so that you won’t need to rely on an umbrella to keep your hair dry.
Perhaps the most formal coat on this list is the peacoat – the only coat you should wear (apart from maybe an overcoat) if you’re going for a polished appearance in the wintertime.
Peacoats are typically short, are double-breasted and have broad lapels. The most classic style of peacoat is made from navy-colored wool.
When it comes to nailing men’s fashion, outwear should be carefully considered. Invest in the above coats and jackets and you will look stylish on any occasion.